Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 8, 2011 - House & Home - 360 pages
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We're a nation of countless bathrooms that are on the brink of being torn apart, redesigned, and remodeled. Bathrooms are big! They've gone from being a convenience to a luxury. Welcome to Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies, where you'll discover how to transform your bathroom from blah to beautiful and inefficient to well-designed.

Remodeling a bathroom is a challenge – it's action-oriented and requires extra energy and stamina. But you, undoubtedly, realize it's a challenge you want to take on. This guide can help if you

  • Want to make your home more livable and enjoyable by updating, expanding, or improving the bathroom
  • Want to find out how to begin the process of appraising your present bathroom so you can improve it
  • Don't want to be pressured into selecting materials and fixtures because you want to see everything that's available and know all your options
  • Want to know what's involved in demolishing the walls and removing the fixtures and cabinets, and how to install new ones
  • Want to decide if you should hire help or do the work yourself

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies is organized to provide lots of useful information that is easily accessible. You'll uncover tips about:

  • Making the most of space in your bathroom
  • Taking control and planning the project
  • Finding fabulous fixtures, vanities, and faucets
  • Decorating the walls, windows, and more
  • Creating storage space

You maybe be asking yourself, "Can I remodel my bathroom without spending every penny I have, destroying the harmony of my house, and breaking the spirit of everyone involved?" The answer is yes. Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies can help.


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Disconnecting the plumbing lines
Putting in a New Tub
Installing an acrylic tub
Installing a platform tub
Two Alternatives
The walls come tumbling down
Installing cement backerboard on tub walls
Surrounding a tub with ceramic tile

Getting the right person for the job
Shopping for sinks and so on
Getting Started
Chapter 2
Bathrooms for All Seasons and Reasons
The guest bathroom
The master bathroom
Universal Design
Reviewing NKBA Planning Guidelines
Looking at some basic bathroom layouts
Planning Your New Bathroom
Taking advantage of existing fixtures
Choosing an accessory collection
Playing with the possibilities
Chapter 3
Getting the permit
Tearing out the old stuff and taking it away
Laying out and roughing in plumbing lines and electrical wires
Finishing up the electrical and mechanical work
Watching your house turn into a miniwarehouse
Being there 247
A Timeline of What to Expect
Chapter 4
Gottahave power tools
Visiting Your Friendly Rental Center
Checking out specialty rental tools for remodeling
Saving time can save you money
Chapter 5
The big boxes and lumberyards
Online suppliers and retailers
Exploring some shopping strategies
Discovering the Many Faces of Wallboard
Standard wallboard
Cement board
Tricking the eye with wallcoverings
Tapping the Power of Paneling
Introducing Glasss Second Cousin Acrylic
Standard sizes
Natural materials
Wear surfaces
Laminate Flooring
Part II
Chapter 6
Making cosmetic changes
Doing major reconstructive surgery
Deciding If Its Worth It
Creating a Budget
When you plan to do the project
When you hire a general contractor
Home equity loan
Construction loan
Completing Your Project in Stages
Chapter 7
Figuring Out What You Can Do Yourself
Sharing the Workload with the Pros
Meeting the players and knowing what to expect when you hire them
Finding your professionals
Recognizing a Good Contract
Remembering Building Codes
Discovering Some Coping and Scheduling Strategies
Chapter 8
Everything youve ever wanted to know about your houses water systems
The power of pressure in a water system
Making Pipe Connections that Matter Most
Can the drain handle it?
Factors affecting water delivery
Branch pipe sizes
Plugging in the Power
Running a wire from a box to a ceiling fixture
Gotta have em
Banishing Those Nasty Odors with Ventilation
Picking the right size fan
Letting technology take control
Part III
Chapter 9
Taking a Tour of the Toilets
Getting a good fit
Considering features and comfort
Shopping for la toilette
Measuring Your Options
Dethroning the Throne
Preparing the Floor for a New Toilet
Installing a New Toilet
Personal Hygiene
Chapter 10
Selecting a Bathtub
Bidding Good Riddance to an Old Tub
Adding a Tub Door
Getting started
Door to door from start to finish
Flippin over Faucets
Removing the old valve
Installing a replacement valve
Chapter 11
Shower surrounds and enclosures
Installing a Shower Enclosure
Installing a shower enclosure
Installing a Glass Block System
Preparing the subfloor
Installing the shower base
Installing a Shower Door
Fixtures and Faucets for a Shower
Adding a hand shower bar
Installing Grab Bars
Chapter 12
Picking a Pedestal Sink
Installing the drain and popup assembly
Installing a pedestal sink
Installing a CastIron WallHung Sink
Preparing the supporting wall
Setting the mounting bolts
Bolting the sink to the wall
Vanity Cabinets and Furniture
Looking at your options
Installing a vanity
Topping your vanity with stone
Topping your vanity with tile
Much Ado about Medicine Cabinets
Hanging a surfacemounted medicine cabinet
Getting a Handle on Types of Faucets and Controls
Putting in an easyinstall faucet
Installing a twohandle faucet
Part IV
Chapter 13
Cleaning with gusto
Fixing popped nails
Fixing sagging ceiling plaster
PrimeTime Painting
Putting on new paint
Stenciling for a fast and fanciful fixup
Working with Wallpaper
Wallpapering a bathroom
Adding Beadboard Wainscoting
Hanging a Laminated Plank Ceiling
Fastening furring strips to the ceiling
Installing the planks
Chapter 14
Checking Out the Subfloor
Removing old flooring
Assessing the subfloor
Preparing the Subfloor
Installing underlayment for vinyl floors
Installing underlayment for tile floors
Laying out layout lines for tile floors
Laying Your New Floor
Laying a sheet vinyl floor
Laying vinyl tiles
Laying ceramic and stone tiles
Laying a laminate floor
Adding a transition strip
Chapter 15
Knowwhentofoldem doors
Handyasapocket doors
Adding Style and Fresh Air with Windows
Blocking the view with a block replacement window
Calling attention to windows
Opening the roof to open the room
Chapter 16
Recessed lighting
Using Wall Lighting
Part V
Chapter 17
Using ReadyMade Storage Units
Getting a Peg Up
Going High Tech for Low Price
Chapter 18
Using Color in Things You Can Change
Applying a Decorative Finish to Plain Walls
Taking Cues from the Pros
Chapter 19
The Bathroom Diaries
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About the author (2011)

Gene and Katie Hamilton are veteran do-it-yourself writers and two of the most well-known figures in the home improvement industry. They have appeared on the Today show, Dateline, and CNN.

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